BY SHELBY NIEHAUS
On Sunday, Feb. 9, members of the Mill Road Thresherman’s Association met to elect a few new leaders, discuss the highlights of their 2019 show, and to preview the upcoming 2020 show.
Elections were held for three seats on the Board of Directors, all for three-year terms, and for the secretary’s office, also a three-year term. Board of Directors nominees were Kim Shupe, Jason Habing, and Randy Milleville, all of whom were accepted; standing secretary Tom Denton was reelected as secretary.
In 2019, the treasurer reported that expenses were $36,517.26, with receipts in the amount of $36,077.96. The club’s income includes $3,000 in donations and grants, $6,400 in gate ticket sales at the annual show (more than the year before), $1,600 in member dues, and $7,900 in sponsor-given funds form some 85-90 sponsor organizations. $132 was collected at the 2019 Mill Road Thesherman’s Association Show’s Sunday church service, with this amount donated to the Altamont Ministerial Alliance’s food pantry.
At the 2019 show, director Milleville reported, over 250 pieces of antique farm machinery were displayed. The Thursday truck and tractor pull had about 90 hooks, and the antique tractor pull later in the week has 151 hooks. He also recognized students in the Altamont, Beecher City, and St. Elmo FFA chapters for their help at the event, as well as Community Support Systems of Teutopolis, which performed cleanup after the show.
The 2020 show, as outlined by Ken Goeckner, will be held on Aug. 20-23. It will kick off with a truck and tractor pull on Thursday; some of the planned events for Friday are a farm toy show, a craft show, and a flea market, as well as various demonstrations and the celebrity tractor games. On Saturday, demonstrations will continue, and visitors can watch horse farming and the horse pull, though no auction is planned. Sunday will close the festivities with a car show and an antique tractor pull.
Ahead of the 2020 show, the Threshermen will seek a new website administrator, and will increase their social media presence by launching an Instagram account, cutting down on radio and print advertisements in order to court a younger generation of tractor enthusiasts.
Finally, officers noted that Culvers of Effingham will host a one-day tractor show on Sunday, June 27, which owners plan to make into a yearly event. Officers encouraged club members to attend and to bring their tractors; Culvers will donate to the club in thanks for their showings.
Find more information about the Mill Road Threshermans Association at MillRoadThreshermen.org.